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LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

LETTER: 70-yr-old patient to sleep in car to get medical care

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this because I am just livid.
My neighbour is 70 years old. She has suffered a stroke, has had two heart attacks, and multiple surgeries on her pancreas. She is not in good health, to say the least. Doesn't stop her though, she was out shoveling snow yesterday!

New report asks Nelson council to tackle food security

Only 5% of the food consumed in the West Kootenay is grown locally, according to a report that urges city council to get active in food security issues.

A local food security group is recommending that the city form a municipal food council, consisting of a councillor and other people involved in food production and distribution.

But Mayor Deb Kozak is not prepared to just say yes.

“We will be discussing how we as a municipality will become involved in these issues," she said when the recommendation was presented to the December 22 council meeting, which was a Committee of the Whole meeting at which council hears presentations but does not make decisions.

Hijacking at Castlegar's West Kootenay Regional Airport?

Frank Shlakoff plays hostage-taker/hijacker in emergency exercise at airport Dec. 31.

Anyone seeing the plethora of emergency vehicles out in front of the West Kootenay Regional Airport New Year’s Eve might have been concerned, as every agency from RCMP to fire to BC Ambulance, to emergency social services, as well as commissionaires, CATSA and preboard security were on hand to manage a so-called “hijacking attempt”.

Gerry Rempel, who serves as both Fire Chief and airport manager, said it was all part of a surprise emergency training exercise – everyone knew it was coming, but not when.

A More Collaborative RDKB Board?

A More Collaborative RDKB Board?

The Scoop on the RDBK:  First Instalment

We property owners all pay money to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB).  If you check your property tax bill, you'll see an amount for a "Regional District Levy".  Mine is only $353, because I live in a tiny house.  Yours is probably more.   Where does it go?  I decided to begin attending RDBK meetings to find out -- and share with anyone who cares enough to wade through my reports.

Strike officially over - council unanimously ratifies new deal

Strike officially over - council unanimously ratifies new deal

The city worker strike is now officially over, with council voting unanimously to ratify the new collective agreement this morning. This agreement was presented to CUPE Local 2262 on Dec. 22 and the union said its membership “overwhelmingly” voted in favour of it on Dec. 23.

The union announced the results of the vote on Dec. 24, but city council was unable to ratify, as four of its members were out of town and only one councillor is allowed, legally, to vote via telephone or digitally, leaving them without a quorum.

A Bitter Election Coming?

A Bitter Election Coming?

 

I suspect that the federal election the country will experience this year will be unlike anything we have seen before. Passion and controversy are not strangers to Canadian elections, but I fear that the bitterness we will witness in our next federal election will be without precedent.

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Emcon (our regional road maintenance contractor) is once again under fire after only the second significant snowfall of the season (see last year’s story by clicking here http://castlegarsource.com/news/emcon-answers-uproar-after-record-snowfalls-22622#.VKGxwdWk0 )

Holiday hinders council ratification of labour agreement

Holiday hinders council ratification of labour agreement

Logistics are standing in the way of city council ratifying the tentative agreement with striking city workers (CUPE Local 2262), according to Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

“I have three councillors out of town for the holiday,” Chernoff said. “For a vote like this, we can only have one councillor participating on the phone or electronically, according to legislation – and it’s important everyone participates in this.

Strike ends on Christmas Eve as union ratifies new deal

Strike ends on Christmas Eve as union ratifies new deal

Christmas Eve has brought with it an end to Castlegar’s first-everlabour dispute, ending more than five weeks of conflict.

The union issued the following release on Dec. 23:

Trail says 'no' to regional airport study; sticks to Trail Regional Airport plan instead

Trail says 'no' to regional airport study; sticks to Trail Regional Airport plan instead

The City of Trail would like to clarify that it does not support the proposed Regional Airport Study being developed through the West Kootenay Economic Development group. The City of Trail will be moving forward with the Trail Regional Airport Plan that will advance options to improve and enhance current operations, infrastructure and economic development.

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